14 May 1999

Classic Scots estate for grabs

IN the Scottish borders Maxwelton, Dumfriesshire, includes all the elements associated with an estate and lacks any major need for expenditure.

"The house underwent a full restoration programme in 1970 and I wouldnt want to guess what that might cost now," said Jon Lambert, John Clegg & Co.

Maxwelton, Moniaive, near Dumfries, is for sale as a whole, guide price offers in excess of £3.06m, or in six lots, an attempt to broaden the appeal to include the local market.

The main 10-bedroom house is lotted with seven cottages, a 70-acre amenity woodland, a private chapel, fishing, 671 acres of hill and woodland which incorporate a pheasant shoot which has been let for about £3000/year. It is guided at offers over £1.6m.

Another principal lot includes the main farm which is guided at more than £800,000. The steading offers cattle housing for 100-head in a range of modern and traditional farm buildings, a farmhouse and a pair of cottages and 843 acres of hill and lowland.

"Currently the estate carries a 260-head suckler cow herd and 1400 ewes and even during these difficult times for agriculture the farm is making a decent profit," said Mr Lambert.

Also two further blocks of land are available as separate lots. Nearly 100 acres is guided at about £1022/acre and a £220,000 asking price is quoted for 72 acres, a couple of houses and a steading.

Mr Lambert said: "With a total of 20 properties there is a substantial non-farming income which averages about £65,000/year."